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CPD module: Irritable bowel syndrome

Charles Gladwin reviews the causes of IBS and how pharmacy teams can help patients manage it.

After completing this module, you should be more aware of:

  • core IBS symptoms and how IBS can be classified;
  • the basis of diagnosis;
  • signs and symptoms that need referral;
  • the different elements potentially involved in causing IBS symptoms;
  • lifestyle behaviours associated with a lower risk of IBS;
  • factors associated with changes in the gut including infection and immunology;
  • the concept of the microbiota-gut-brain axis and implications for IBS;
  • aspects of the gut biome that may have an impact on IBS;
  • advice on general dietary measures for helping manage IBS symptoms;
  • exclusion diets such as a low FODMAP diet;
  • pharmacological approaches to managing IBS symptoms;
  • developments in drug approaches to IBS management outside the UK;
  • products which may have a muco-protective effect on the intestinal lining.


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